Providence, Dorcas International launch complimentary legal services program for city immigrants

THE CITY OF PROVIDENCE on Thursday revealed a brand-new program offering complimentary legal services to Providence immigrant looking for citizenship./ PBN FILE PHOTO/CHRIS BERGENHEIM

PROVIDENCE– The city is partnering with an immigrant services not-for-profit to assist foreign-born homeowners obtain citizenship and other legal requirements, Mayor Jorge O. Elorza revealed on Thursday.

The Migration Legal Help and COVID-19 Healing Program will provide qualified city homeowners access to complimentary legal services, consisting of cash for citizenship applications, the release specified. The program will be led by Providence-based Dorcas International Institute of Rhode Island, which was selected for a two-year agreement with the city through a competitive bidding procedure.

” There are many individuals who certify to end up being U.S. people however due to either the expense of the application or other legal problems, never ever wind up using,” Elorza stated in a declaration. “With this collaboration, we are supplying legal assistance for immigrants and supplying funds to spend for the application.”

Dorcas International was the sole bidder for the $500,000 agreement, which is being spent for with a part of the city’s American Rescue Strategy Act funds, the release specified.

The program is open to those with a home earnings at listed below 300% of federal poverty line standards– equivalent to $40,770 for someone or $83,250 for a household of 4 in 2022– or those who make at or listed below 65% of location typical earnings, the release specified. Individuals need to be attempting to obtain citizenship or change their migration status to certify.

Almost one-third of city homeowners were born in another nation, while practically half speak another language, according to info from Dorcas International. The company approximates that about 50% of Providence immigrants are currently naturalized people.

To learn more or to obtain legal help, call Dorcas International at 401-784-8600 or by checking out Apply.

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